Bill supports deficit commission recommendations to reduce the federal workforce and to hold salaries level for three years.
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Among other suggestions, commission pitches a broader role for other agencies such as NOAA in Interior Department leasing activities.
Candidates to fill the spot vacated by Arnold Fields should have 'less celebrity and more technical competence,' Senate aide says.
Pentagon will cut roughly 1,900 civilian and contractor employees in a move expected to save $400 million.
Workers also will be eligible for performance-based raises up to a salary cap of $155,500.
Business leaders criticize health care and financial reform laws and say SEC, HHS and Labor cannot handle new workload.
Heather Higginbottom currently serves as deputy assistant to the president.
House is slated to vote on health care law this week, which includes mental health service expansion.
Agency often does not verify whether contractors have paid federal taxes, according to Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
After eliminating senior positions, USPS will begin early retirement and personnel reduction.